Analytical Cellular Pathology

Analytical Cellular Pathology / 2012 / Article
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1st Congress of the International Academy of Digital Pathology Quebec City, Canada, August 3–5, 2011. Part I

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Volume 35 |Article ID 125695 | 6 pages | https://doi.org/10.3233/ACP-2011-0024

Digital Pathology – Implementation Challenges in Low-Resource Countries

Abstract

Background: Medical education in pathology and histology in low-resource countries face many obstacles because of equipment cost and telecommunication deficiencies. Digital Pathology may provide solutions. We report student experience to virtual slides on a local network and a remote image server.Methods: Using an iPad tablet device, fifty 3rd and 4th year medical students viewed digital pathology slides from a Web server at the National Library of Medicine and a mirror server on the local network.Results: The quality of images from both servers was found to be satisfactory, but the local server was deemed faster and preferred by the participants in this study (p < 0.005).Conclusions: Virtual slides on a local network server may provide solutions to equipment and technical obstacles and could enhance student learning in developing countries.

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